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Datebook: January 10 – Robinson Jeffers Turns 125

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Robinson Jeffers was born on January 10, 1887 (and died January 20, 1962). He was an American poet, best known for his work about the central California coast and as an icon of the environmental movement. Most of his poetry was written in classic narrative and epic form, but his short verse is usually found in modern anthologies. His poems “Tamar” and “Roan Stallion,” are considered a mastery of epic form, akin to Greek narrative, and were full of controversial subject matter like incest, murder, and parricide. Jeffers’ short verse includes “Hurt Hawks”, “The Purse-Seine”, and “Shine, Perishing Republic.” His intense relationship with the physical world is described in often brutal and apocalyptic verse, and demonstrates a preference for the natural world over what he sees as the negative influence of civilization. He coind the term ‘inhumanism,’ the belief that mankind is too self-centered and too indifferent to the “astonishing beauty of things.”

It’s Tuesday, January 10

Murray State’s MFA winter reading series continues tonight at 7:30 with writer Padma Viswanathan. Her reading’s in Clara Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor Doyle Fine Arts. Her first novel, The Toss of a Lemon, traces 60 years in the lives of a young Indian widow and her gay manservant.

Hopkinsville’s Guild Art Gallery features new original paintings and photographs along with jewelry, woodworking and pottery by Art Guild members with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The Gallery’s in Bradford Square Mall, 4000 Ft. Campbell Boulevard .

The Marvelous Wonderettes perform for Murray’s Playhouse in the Park this weekend and next. Shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays . Four girls sing for their prom in 1958 in act one- then sing together again at their ten year reunion in 1968. Call 270-759-1752 for tickets. Also, tonight from 4 to 6 there are auditions for 13 the Musical.

Red Cross Blood Drive, Wal-Mart, Jan. 13, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

See more about America’s Test Kitchen Radio with Christopher Kimball new to our weekend schedule at wkms.org.

 

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